CFP: Race and Citizenship (11/3/06; 3/1/07-3/4/07)

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Petra Lina Orloff
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The Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University announces its
fourth annual Conference in Citizenship Studies. The conference will be held on
March 1-4, 2007 and will focus on the Center’s theme for this academic year:
Race and Citizenship.

This year’s conference is divided into three different formats. Conference
attendees will attend all formats.

I. Plenary Addresses
In selecting plenary speakers we paid particular attention to scholars whose
work places them on the cutting edge of Citizenship Studies and as authors of
path breaking work on race and citizenship. We are extremely proud of our
line-up of speakers:

Among the plenary speakers:
● Manning Marable, Professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, History, and
American Studies, Columbia University
● Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Research Professor of Sociology, Duke University and
Center’s Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence
● Melissa Nobles, Associate Professor of Political Science, MIT
● Grant Farred, Associate Professor of Literature, Duke University

II. Panel Presentations
We encourage submissions from individual scholars and from preformed panels.
We plan to limit the number of presenters in each session to three in order to
allow adequate presentation time and ample time for discussion.

As part of the Center’s efforts to foster the development of Citizenship Studies,
participants’ papers will be reviewed for possible invitation to publish in the
Center’s planned volume of essays on race and citizenship.

III. Topic Seminars
In past years, the conference was comprised largely of panel presentations.
Although those presentations remain a significant component of the Race and
Citizenship conference, this year’s conference adds an additional format: topic
seminars. We added seminars to the conference for a number of reasons. First,
we wanted to provide an organized forum for addressing some of the pervasive
thematic, theoretical, or methodological concerns that are often shared by
conference attendees, but are rarely addressed in the traditional panel format.
We expect that the seminars will provide attendees the opportunity and
structure necessary to transcend the presentation of particular projects and to
engage more richly those pervasive and shared research interests. Second,
although the agendas of these seminars will be guided by the designated
seminar leaders and shaped by the participants themselves, we anticipate that
the seminars will advance the Center’s mission building the field of Citizenship
Studies by charting emergent areas of scholarship in need of attention,
discussing and critiquing available (or new) methodologies and approaches to
considering those topics, identifying and examining assumptions that guide the
research of various scholars, academic disciplines, or research areas, and, of
course, fostering a community of scholars by putting them into working contact
with one another so that they might discover or forge shared interests. In these
ways, seminar sessions will not only amplify and parallel questions and interests
raised in panel sessions, but they will also enrich the conference by adding a
different, holistic, and field building level of analysis and conversation.

To explore race and citizenship, the Center has selected three broad themes
that will guide the conference:

Theme One: Citizenship and the Construction of Race, and Vice-Versa

This theme examines the ways in which citizenship and race intersect, primarily
as it relates to the interdependence and constituting effect of each on the other.
Of particular interest is the manner in which the body of the citizen is racialized
and conversely the ways in which race is constructed through the prism of the
particular archetypal subject-citizen.

• The importance, and persistence, of racial difference in experiences of
• Considering appropriate theories for understanding race;
• Intersections between gender, class, sexuality and cultural differences as
regards race and citizenship;
• The collapse/resurgence of whiteness in an era of multiculturalism;
• Experiences of Asian, Native American, African, Arabic, Jewish and other
groups with citizenship or its denial;
• Representations of the subject-citizen.

Theme Two: Race, Citizenship and Policy Studies

This theme accents the role of governmental and cultural policy in shaping, and
intervening in, the racialized production of citizenship. It considers to what
extent public policies have or should reflect racial distinctions as well as the
consequences of those policies.

• Questions of political representation to include racialized science and the
national census, voting exclusions, redistricting and gerrymandering;
• Forms and discourses of apologia and/or reparation as it pertains to
efforts to rectify past disfranchisement;
• Urban planning, the city, and (uneven) development including issues
associated with Hurricane Katrina and other issues of government assistance
• The articulation of race and citizenship in the fine arts or sciences;
• Education policies (e.g., standardized tests, affirmative action, busing);
• Indigenous sovereignty, policies, and legislation including issues of blood
quantum and tribal membership;
• Scientific metaphors in the discourses of nationalism.

Theme Three: Race, Participation and Belonging

This theme considers the intersection of race and citizenship as it pertains to
the putative breakdown of national borders and subsequent transformations in
the nature and experience of citizenship, as well as the growing interest in the
question of place as it relates to questions of identification, feelings of
belonging and affiliation, and, especially, questions of integration and
participation in public(s).

• Transnational citizenship as it is informed by and transforms race and
• Citizenship and national identity;
• Representation and political equity;
• Integration in the political and/or cultural political forms of life as well as
barriers to equal participation, access, or fairness;
• Border studies, race and immigration and migration practices, policies, and
• Diaspora, post-colonialism, exile, and the psycho-social politics of
• Subdivisions, New Urbanism, and the politics of ‘home’;
• Popular media, spectacular culture, and race and citizenship.

To apply for the conference, please submit a 1) one-page abstract of a paper
proposal OR a panel proposal with a panel abstract and abstracts for each
participant (approx 300 words each) 2) a one-page c.v. for each proposed
participant and 3) please rank in order of preference your choice of seminar.
Submit materials to Marc Kruman, Director, Center for the Study of Citizenship,
Wayne State University at by November 3, 2006.
Proposals are welcome from scholars in all disciplines. The program committee
will review each application and announce its decisions at the beginning of

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